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titleBooth Tarkington Collection, ca. 1850-1979.
repositoryIndiana Historical Society
descriptionFamily and general correspondence from Indianapolis and Kennebunkport, clippings, programs, autobiographical writings, a cartoon of Tarkington, and other miscellaneous materials. Correspondence topics include family business, literary matters, art collecting, the Dramatic Club, the New Deal, Wendell Willkie's presidential campaign of 1940, and World War II.

Correspondents include family members Margaret Booth Jameson, Susanah Tarkington, and Donald Jameson; family retainer Stanley Thirkell; Carlton B. McCulloch; conductor Fabien Sevitzky; art dealer Abris Silberman; Earle J. Bernheimer; and Edward William Bok.

Visual materials consist of photographs and prints of Tarkington in Indianapolis and Maine. There are individual portraits of him as well as many with family and friends, his homes, and pets.

Indianapolis novelist and playwright. Tarkington was an early member of the Dramatic Club, and an art collector. During his later years he spent about half the year at his home in Kennebunkport, Me.

Location: Manuscript Collection
Call Number: M 0274, OMB 0018, F 0357-0358

Susanah Jameson Papers (OMB 0024); Slawson-Tarkington Papers (M 0370); Susanah Tarkington Papers (M 0411); Meredith Nicholson (M 0021); George Horace Lorimer (SC 2512).
extent2 boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 reels of microfilm.
formatsCorrespondence Clippings Estate Papers
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acquisition informationPrimary donor was Margaret Booth Jameson, Indianapolis , June 1981. Numerous additions continue to be made.
updated03/16/2023 10:29:57

titlePapers of Booth Tarkington, 1892-1945
repositoryUniversity of Virginia Library
descriptionThe collection contains five manuscripts: "Flowers for the Living," A Tribute to Julian Street; a page from "The Two Vanrevels"; introduction for "A World Worth While"; an essay on Wayman Adams; and A Great Man's career, "Great Man's career" and a quotation. In correspondence concerning his literary work Tarkington discusses the role of the audience in a theatrical performance, the adaptation of his play "Monsieur Beaucaire" to the needs of the performers at, collaborationwith H.L. Wilson, and difficulty in being objective towards his work. He also mentions a performance of "Katherine" while at Princeton, working on a scenario for Samuel Goldwyn, scheduling publication of stories, proofing and revisions, and the popularity of the Penrod stories.

Correspondence also gives opinions on Lawrence Mazzaovitch, George Ade, Mark Lee Luther, Wayman Adams and John Singer Sargent portraits of him, Richard Harding Davis, Albert B. Paine's biography of Mark Twain, and especially James Whitcomb Riley. He gives opinions on the American-Soviet confrontation and encourages the reading of Tolstoy.

In addition there are letters of recommendation for Charles Fisk Dalton and a Mr. Brown, social notes, letters of thanks and regret, reminiscences, comments on his poor health, nervous condition and vision problems, and personal letters to James Whitcomb Riley from Tarkington and other family members giving personal news including accounts of ill health and Maine vacations, and a solicitation of funds for the Indianapolis Orphans Asylum.

The collection also contains a lithograph portrait by Richard Hood; photographs; a postcard of his summer home; a caricature of Alexander Woollcott and a pen-and-ink drawing by Robert Kastors.

American author.
extent71 items
formatsManuscript Correspondence Writings Prints Photographs
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acquisition informationAccession #7416 through 7416-j
updated11/12/2014 11:30:02